Doug Stapleton

Doug Stapleton /   Douglas Stapleton

United States 1963


Doug Stapleton
Douglas Stapleton
United States
September 22, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Doug Stapleton is an American artist, curator and educator, best known for his collage artworks. He cuts images, mostly from art books, and later he combines those with contemporary imagery, setting up different narratives.

In 1989, Stapleton received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Anthropology from University of Delaware (with a minor concentration in Art History and Ceramics). Currently, he is an Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery and an adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago.

Stapleton is a former Artistic Associate with the Chicago based contemporary dance company The Seldoms where he worked as a dramaturge as well as a performer.

Stapleton has a formalist eye he uses to create very suggestive narratives with his collages. His works are loaded with both symbolic elements of contrast and unifying chaos. These figurative collages visually respond to a drama of classic and western art history, sometimes creating surreal juxtapositions of past and present moments.

Doug reconfigures images he found striking into new stories that only refer to the source, but creating fresh and original message. His background in anthropology and art history helps him construct these collages.

He is represented by Matthew Rachman Gallery.

Doug Stapleton lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Image copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Folktales & LegendsJohn Michael Kohler Arts CenterSolo
2015BrinkMatthew Rachman Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2014Like ThisJennifer Norback Fine Art, ChicagoDuo
2014CollageFotofever, Boicos Fine Art, ParisSolo
2014PoseidonChris Boicos Fine Art, Paxos, GreeceGroup.
201421st Salon du Collage ContemporainLes Hauts de Belleville, Paris FranceGroup
2014A Passing FancyCenter on Halsted Gallery, ChicagoSolo
2014Tales ToldsManifest Gallery, CincinnatiGroup
2014BodiesNorth Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle WashingtonGroup
201333 x 3MS Rezny Studio and Gallery, LexingtonGroup
2013LoveMerit School of Music, ChicagoGroup
2013Paris in ChicagoBeckel Odille Boïcos Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2013In MetamorphosisJennifer Norback Gallery, ChicagoDuo
2013The Paper ShowLas Manos Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2013Galex 47Galesburg Civic Art Center, GalesburgGroup
2012It's Time to Look ForwardEyeporium Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2012Optimistic ReconstructionsChicago Cultural Center, ChicagoSolo
2012The Grand SpectacleLoyola University Museum of Art, ChicagoSolo
2012Limits of PhotographyMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College ChicagoSolo
2011Surface Tension, A Group Collage ExhibitionRobert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, GrayslakeGroup
2011Sustainable Books and Paper ArtBrushwood, Ryerson Woods, DeerfieldGroup
2011CutEvanston Arts Center, EvanstonGroup
2011Juxtaposed in its EssenceElgin Community College Safety Kleen Gallery, ElginSolo